The Tam News

SMCSD presents desegregation plan

(Katharine Owen)

By Benjy Wall-Feng

April 8, 2020

The draft plan would provide pre-K, dual-language, and after-school programs, and outlines a commitment to hiring teachers of color.

Living with “deselixya”

(Tenaya Tremp)

By Marco Steineke

November 18, 2019

Coming of age with an educational burden that can leave people behind.

EDITORIAL: The Tam News on Kavanaugh

EDITORIAL: The Tam News on Kavanaugh

October 18, 2018

In the wake of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, many Tam students are feeling disillusioned with the current state of our political system. A trial held in the Supreme court should not be subject to senseless interruptions, unprofessional displays of emotion, and incendiary behavior. Beyond this embarrass...



By Josie Spiegelman

September 20, 2018

My grandma stands at four feet eleven inches and sports a short, close-cropped salt and pepper haircut. Her skin is darker than most other Japanese Americans, a reminder of her upbringing on a small farm in Pescadero. She likes to knit her grandchildren sweaters, send them off to college with homema...

Let’s Talk About Sex

Let's Talk About Sex

By Samantha Ferro

April 28, 2018

10 weeks after Nia and her partner decided to have sex for the first time, she found out that she was pregnant. Nia had only two options — have the child or have an abortion.   Nia is a current student at Tam that would like to remain anonymous. It seemed that despite completing the multip...

…And (Quality) Education For All

...And (Quality) Education For All

By Milo Levine

March 31, 2017

Four years ago, when senior Tre’chaun Berkley first came to Tam from Martin Luther King Jr. Academy, he was nervous. “I felt that I wasn’t ready. Coming from a class with 11 students to a class with 20 is something I had to get used to,” he said. “On top of that, [I worried about] not knowing h...

EDITORIAL: Staying Above the Influence

EDITORIAL: Staying Above the Influence

By The Tam News Staff

February 24, 2015

In the aftermath of the December drunk-driving accident, allegedly caused by a student that resulted in injuries to senior Conor Wynne-Parry and junior Nick Goldman, members of the community expressed concern over the prevalence of drunk driving among Tam students. For many, the accident served as a...

EDITORIAL: Beyond Fractions

EDITORIAL: Beyond Fractions

By Tam News Staff

November 1, 2014

As portrayed in this month’s feature, Tam’s Running for Change program aims to assist kids that are struggling either academically or in life, and help them use running as a tool to better themselves. It is rare to see a high school program with such an overwhelming impact on students’ lives both...

EDITORIAL: Different Forms of Success

EDITORIAL: Different Forms of Success

By Tam News Staff

June 11, 2014

With graduation on the horizon, there is palpable tension surrounding the oft-asked question “What are you doing next year?” A common assumption at such a high-achieving high school is that all seniors are headed to a four-year university. While some soon-to-be Tam alumni will attend Harvard, Stanford,...

Tam Students Advance to National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist List

Tam Students Advance to National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist List

By Sarah Asch

November 21, 2013

Five Tam students are National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalists this year. Seniors August Kiles, Reed Sawyers, Grace Lightner, Aubrey Dority, and Tam News reporter Haydn Wall received the honor. In order to qualify, students must meet specific requirements. According to the National Merit Scholarship...

Playing Along: Why some students succumb to gender stereotypes and others don’t

Playing Along: Why some students succumb to gender stereotypes and others don’t

By Sarah Asch and Markita Schulman

October 24, 2013

Senior Lauren Killingsworth grew up in a household where gender did not determine her interests. “For me, growing up with two brothers, basically all I played with was legos and construction toys [...] which might be why I’m more interested in science and math,” Killingsworth said. Because her...